Ionian Islands 1819 obol
This specimen was lot 24504 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $1,880. The catalog description noted, "Ionian Islands. British Colonial Proof Obol 1819, Proof 62 BN PCGS, coin rotation, rich brown surfaces with attractive sheen, very scarce type in Proof." This type is listed for 1819 only and, like most of the issues of nineteenth century Greece, is scarce. Despite the substantial mintage, this type is scarce in nice condition. The Ionian Islands, long ruled by the Turks, were seized by the British from the French in 1809 and held by them until 1864, when they were united with Greece. The French issued coins for the "Septinsular Republic" in 1801 and the British issued coins intermittently in 1814, 1819-21 and 1834-62.
Recorded mintage: 8,279,000 plus proofs.
Catalog reference: KM-32.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3030, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.